Author: Traverse City Tourism

The first hint of the winter season is always celebrated in northern Michigan with the epic Iceman Cometh Challenge. We love to cheer on the brave souls who race 30 miles through whatever Mother Nature throws at them: snow, wind, rain, and even the namesake ice. (Though, to be fair, every so often they do get a sunny day.) We love to see the mud splattered champions emerge from the woods, breathless but victorious. And boy to we love raising a glass of Bell's beer at the end of it all. 

This year, the National Cherry Festival made history, cancelling the festival for only the second time in nearly 100 years. (The first time was during World War II.) We’ll all miss the beloved cherry celebration, none more so than the fantastic team that puts on the festival. We asked them to share some of their favorite memories over the years to keep the cherry love going during these challenging times. 

Photo: Briana Paige, Photographer at Northern Way of Life

Splashing in the water, relaxing on the beach, and watching a sunset. These are the moments when you find your happy place. We've rounded up a selection of quotes and photos from travel writers and photographers who have shared their special places in the area.


It’s not quite a meal, but it deserves an hour of the day like any other consumption time. And truly, is there anything better than a good coffee spot? Paired with just the right playlist and the atmosphere for whatever mood, the coffee scene in Traverse City is hot right now. Here’s the latest for your caffeinating pleasure. 

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